Our days are trying, aren’t they? COVID, civil unrest, and now a war that could escalate have proven to shake up everyone. Especially in the last few years, there is so much uncertainty, yet there is reason to celebrate. We have a God that is making things new on a continual basis.
In the book of Revelation, God gives a sneak peek into how He will remove the old earth and old heaven, which exists right now, and bring about a new heaven and a new earth. Revelation 21:5-7 says, “And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then He said to (John), ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’5 And He also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.6 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be My children.'”7
There is much hope in these three verses. Be encouraged, my fellow sojourners, for God is with us, and He is actively taking our frustrations, heartaches, disappointments, and whatever else life is throwing at us and turning us into image bearers of His Son. He is preparing us for the new heaven and new earth that will be ushered in after Jesus returns to restore what once was lost so long ago in the Garden.
Unity with God is restored. It is fueled by amazing grace and unconditional love.
First things first, where is Jesus? He is sitting on the throne. You can take comfort in knowing that He has everything under control. What is He doing from His throne? He wants you to see and pay attention to who He is and what He is doing in and around you right now. He is making everything new.
Even if you can’t see what He is doing, He is busy on your behalf. I am in this season of “divine middle ground” as I read from an Instagram post. It’s a hard, lonely, holy place. In this place, God is preparing you (and me) for what is to come. Either God is calling you to do some new work for Him on this side of heaven or you will see His purpose when He takes you home.
Second, God told John to write down what He is revealing to him. John believed God. He found God’s words to be trustworthy and true. That’s how he could believe Him. You will find this to be true, as well, as you place your faith in Jesus Christ, study the Bible, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.
Third, Christ’s ultimate act of love on the cross unified God to His people. By rereading verse 6, who is Jesus? How does the three words, “It is finished,” reveal what Christ did for you and me? How can you be preparing your heart in this Lenten season before Easter?
Jesus freely gives to those who are thirsty. He fills you from the springs of the water of life which is Christ Himself. Are you thirsty for truth, thirsty for Jesus? He will quench your soul.
Finally, you will inherit all of God’s blessings when you are victorious. “Victorious in what,” you might ask. You are victorious when you let God be God in your life. When you let God lead you by the Holy Spirit, and you respond with a surrendered yes, then you are victorious.
As God is making everything new within you, take the time to respond with a surrendered yes. Let God move you forward from glory to glory, one step at a time. Don’t stop moving forward. Keep your focus on the prize before you which is Jesus Christ.
On a side note, new life is coming into my family today. This afternoon, my twin grandsons will be born. God has been busy creating new life inside my daughter-in-law’s womb. My husband and I are becoming grandparents for the first time.